Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Look Back

I put our newest Fall Fun To Do List 2014 on our refrigerator and took down our Spring/Summer 2014 To Do List. I glanced at all of our crossed out activities and realized that we had a beyond awesome summer! Here's a look back at all of our fun and completed activities the last few months.


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Berry Picking
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 We took the kids for their very first time and had a blast! Read about our day here:

Fireworks on the 4th
Read about our fantastic fourth here:

Walker-Johnson Park
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The Heritage Carousel at Union Park
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Swimming at Ashworth Pool
This is our favorite pool to swim at in the summer and we went several times!

Read more about our Labor Day weekend getaway here: and here:

Hiking at Jester Park
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Ledges State Park
Our favorite place to hike! Read more about our adventure here:

The Bridges of Madison Country Tour
Such a great day! Get all the info here:

Pammel Park
We visited this park the same day we did our Bridges of Madison County tour. See above link for details about Pammel Park.

Impromptu day trip turned out to be one of our funnest days! Read more here:

Omaha Children's Museum
Read more about our Mother's Day weekend getaway to Omaha here:

The Omaha Zoo (
Niabi Zoo (
Minnesota Zoo (
Como Park Zoo (

Blank Park Zoo (many, many times)

Southside Sculpture Park
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The Rose Garden at the Art Center
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Hiking Trails
We've walked along numerous trails this summer! Our favorites are the Neal Smith Trail and the Greenbelt Trail.

Planting flowers
We did an entire gardening/planting flowers day for daycare. Read more here:

Big Creek
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Swimming Lessons
Max did a great job, can swim on his own, and is advancing to the next level. Harrison was quite scared of the water, but loved his instructor. If you're in the Des Moines metro, I highly recommend looking into swimming lessons at Dowling Catholic High School in the summer.

The initial plan was to have the boys on the same soccer team, but as usual, they changed their minds. Instead, we used our daycare Field Days to learn some soccer techniques. Read more about our Field Days here:

Principal River Walk
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I-Cubs Game
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Camping in the Backyard
Elizabeth and I slept indoors while the boys slept outside on a cool night. Read more about their backyard camping adventure here:

5th of July Resting
Best idea ever from the oldest mini after our super fun Independence Day! Read more here:

Birthday Bash!
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Movie In The Park
We only got to stay for about 30 minutes of the movie due to tired minis, but it was a fun evening nonetheless! Read more here:

American Legion Spray Park
Legion Park in West Des Moines opened this spray park last summer, but we only got to briefly visit it once. This summer we dedicated an afternoon to running through the water. Read more here:

Downtown Farmer's Market
One of the best Farmer's Markets in the U.S. is right here in Des Moines! We hit up the very first market of the year for fresh veggies, pastries, and the mini's fave treats (mini doughnuts and flavored popcorn). Read more here:

Mud Painting
Not only did we do mud painting, but we had a Mud Pie day! Read about mud painting here:
Read about the daycare's Makin' Mud Pies Day here:

Walk Around Grays Lake
We took a crisp and windy walk around Grays Lake. Read more here:

Only 3 activities we didn't get around to: the Urbandale 4th of July carnival (we got a bit too busy), Maquoketa Caves State Park (I put it on our Fall To Do List with high hopes of going, but our weekend's our filling up quickly), and Dyersville (already on next summer's list) and I am totally content with that! We had a beyond amazing spring and summer exploring and adventuring and are continuing that trend throughout our fall. One of my favorite parts of doing these lists is going over it with the minis. Everything from making the list and the planning to completing and sharing our favorites to having my kid's friends talk about our To Do's as well. Love, love, love this tradition we've created!